La Alhambra, Granada Spain
Notice this large door, the door has a door within the door. The brass bar you see is a more normal size door to let people in and out vs opening this large very imposing door. Perhaps it was to attempt to keep out the elements? It's high on the hill in area more mountainous then other parts of Spain and so by nature is colder. There were no heat sources. I posted about the 1 and only fireplace, take a look HERE
Alhambra means Red Walls or Red Castle, and though some has faded over time, the walls must have looked very red long ago. There are many areas: The Royal complex, Court of the Myrtles, Hal of Ambassadors, The Court of the Lions, Hall of the Abencerrajes, General Life and many other features.
It's suggested that you allow about 3 hours to tour, however we spent well over that and didn't see much of the outside areas (those we did weren't photographed due to the downpour), The Gardens, or The Palace of Charles V.
- Allow yourself lots of time
- Don't be late
- Buy tickets ahead and print them before hand if possible. There are only a few places you can print them, but it would have saved time.
- Dress Warm
- Wear substantial shoes. Even in summer do NOT wear flip flops or sandals. Even with good shoes on, we all had a hard time walkinig. Very un-even surfaces that were really slippery when wet, AND the rough cobblestone hurt the bottom of your feet...even with substantial shoes.
- Beware of the Gypsies. They very very aggressive and expect to be paid about 5 Euro's for giving you a sprig of Rosemary and telling you a fortune even though you don't understand their language. The descend on you the minute you get out of your car.
- Leave the kids at home, this is a very difficult area for children and you can not push a stroller in The Palace.
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